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DEAR FRIENDS…

Last Thursday marked the day we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord – the moment when Jesus ascended into Heaven to be with His Father. Of course we can imagine the Apostles were heartbroken as they lost sight of Jesus. We can imagine the face of St Peter as the risen Christ would no longer be with him or his brothers – they must have felt alone and frightened. 

Perhaps in our own times we too can feel a little like the Apostles. We may feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of what the future will bring. We may feel frightened at what life will look like as we all return to normal. 

But the beautiful truth of our faith is that Jesus did not leave the Apostles on their own. He sent the Holy Spirit to inspire them to go out with confidence to the whole world and proclaim the Good News that Jesus is truly risen from the dead! Likewise, Jesus does not leave us on our own. Every single one of us have received the gift of the Holy Spirt to be as bold as those early Apostles and bring the Good News to all those we encounter. Now of course, we, unlike the Apostles, have to contend with social distancing for the time being. That said, we can still share our faith with others by offering a friendly smile, extending a helping hand, and radiating the hope that comes from knowing we are loved and redeemed! 

So as we journey towards Pentecost, let us invoke the Holy Spirit to once again set ablaze the Church to renew the face of our earth!

Fr Francis, Fr Brendan, Fr Stanley, Fr Pius, Dcn Jon, Dcn Klaus

This E-Newsletter is one of the ways in which we can stay connected with each other as a Cluster of Parishes. If you know of anyone who would like to receive this E – Newsletter, please let them know that can subscribe  by clicking here.

Fr Francis, Fr Brendan, Fr Stanley, Fr Pius, Dcn Jon, Dcn Klaus

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Mass from the St Barnabas Cluster

Once again, there is an opportunity to take part in the Mass  this week for the Seventh Sunday of Easter by simply clicking the picture above. The Mass will be available from 8.30am on Sunday morning.  It is hoped that over these next few weeks, the Mass will be streamed from the various churches that make up our Cluster. 

STAYING IN TOUCH

During these next few weeks, all of us are being encouraged to be creative in the way in which we can express our faith as well as the ways in which we can keep in touch with each other. 

If you would welcome an occasional phone call from someone else from our Cluster, please do get in touch with Sr Monica at mmatthews@shcj.org

Another way in which we can stay in touch with each other is by joining Bishop David as he celebrates Mass at the Cathedral each Sunday at 11am. This can be viewed using the Cathedral LiveStream site.

Pentecost Novena

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Funerals

As a way of praying for our brothers and sisters who have died and supporting those who remain, we are being invited to perhaps light a candle and say a prayer on the day when the funeral is to take place:

John Walker RIP – 27th May 
Mary Elizabeth Denise Gree RIP – 27th May 
Antonietta Friday RIP – 29th May 

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Adoration

There will be an opportunity to spend time with the Blessed Sacrament via Facebook Live between 5pm – 6pm every Friday. For more details, please click on the link below.

Please send an email to pius@mk-cluster.co.uk  entitled adoration how can I join

Message From CAFOD

Many of us are aware that Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now spread worldwide, with confirmed cases in many countries where CAFOD works. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries are likely to be devastating. Many countries have very weak healthcare systems and will not be able to cope. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water, possibly living with other diseases, will be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. It is not just a public health emergency.

Many of the world’s most vulnerable people will lose their jobs and be unable to support their families. The poorest and most marginalised communities, working hard to transform their lives, will be pushed further into poverty. CAFOD is adapting its programmes to help manage the risk of coronavirus in communities and working with local Church aid agencies on the frontline of this crisis.

In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever. While we are not able to hold collections in our church, you can donate by clicking the picture below.

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Song of the week “Give me faith”

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Receiving Communion in hospital: If you, or a member of your family, are going to be in Milton Keynes University Hospital and would like to receive Communion, please contact the hospital chaplaincy on 01908-996061, who will be more than happy to visit and arrange for you to receive Holy Communion.

Open House: On any Monday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Cluster Office, (St Augustine’s, LangcliffDrive, Heelands). Each of the Priests and the Administrator are usually available to speak about anything, and deal with administrative tasks for all of our Parishes. There is no need to make an appointment, you can just pop in.

ONLINE FORM for CHURCH GIVING: It saves time and is safer if you can set up on line giving.  For more information about secure giving click here

PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: office@mk-cluster.co.uk.  DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.